Home Style Green - Sustainable Design and Building

Phase change materials and how to add thermal mass to light weight buildings.

After learning to build cob houses, Chris Brookman now supplies some very cool, modern clay and timber material products to building industry. 

Direct download: 96_Back_to_Earth_with_Chris_Brookman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47am FJT

The Homestar Mandatory minimums are a series of benchmarks that have to be achieved in order to progress up the Homestar scale. They're important because if they are are not achieved, your score will be held back. So what are the Homestar mandatory minimums, and how can you achieve them?

Direct download: 95_Homestar_Mandatory_Minimums.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm FJT

There are eco labelled paints, and then there are eco paints. What's the difference?

Direct download: 94_AURO_Eco_Paints.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47am FJT

So, you know you want a sustainable (healthy, efficient, affordable and desirable) home, but where do you start? I've covered the fundamentals  of what makes a good energy efficient home, but these are details. What's the big picture? Where do you start a sustainable house?

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Direct download: 93_Where_to_Start_a_Sustainable_Home.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm FJT

Group or volume builders get a bad rap sometimes for perpetuating bad building practise. But it is possible to get a good home from a group builder. This week I talk with someone who's doing just that and her explains how.

Direct download: 92_A_Good_Group_Home.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54am FJT

Glenn Murdoch was a regular house designer until he watched Simon Sinek's TED talk. Then Glenn asked 'why'? In this week's show we talk Passive House and how to architecture can create a better society.

Direct download: 91_Vicus_Design.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:26am FJT

Duncan Firth feels 'compelled' to do what he does - designing environmentally functional homes. How can architecture truly respond to the environment?

Direct download: 90_Solarei_Designing_Environmental_Functional_Homes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am FJT

Homestar is New Zealand's comprehensive environmental rating tool for homes. It's Green Star for the residential sector and is not some crazy Kiwi start up idea. It's very closely related to successful international precedents such as LEED and Code for Sustainable Homes. But how much does it add to the cost of building a home? 

There are some inaccuracies out there that I think need addressing. 

Direct download: 89_How_Much_Does_Homestar_Cost.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:11am FJT

Something a little different this week. I’ve had some excellent questions sitting in my inbox for a while and I thought that many could benefit from them. In this Q&A session I cover Homestar, thermal mass, heating and cooling options and small, affordable home design. 

Direct download: 88_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28pm FJT

Do you need a professional project manager for either the design stage or the construction stage of your building project? I discuss the basics of good project management with podcaster, engineer, business owner and soon-to-be author, Cesar Abeid. 

Direct download: 87_Project_Management.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:07am FJT